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Tom Brady kept telling mom Galynn during season Patriots would make Super Bowl and she would attend game 02.15.17 at 11:53 am ET
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Tom Brady got emotional once again when talking about his mom. (Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady got emotional once again when talking about his mom. (Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports)

In more ways than one, the 2016 season was one of the most challenging of Tom Brady’s football career.

The quarterback had the Deflategate suspension to deal with, but also an illness to his mom Galynn.

Brady’s mom had been battling the illness for the last 18 months, but the news didn’t come out until Super Bowl week when Brady got emotional talking about his family at Super Bowl Opening Night. Brady spoke of his mom in a long, and very good interview with MMQB’s Peter King.

Even though Galynn didn’t attend any Patriots games this season, Brady communicated a lot with her through FaceTime. He kept telling her the Patriots would make the Super Bowl and she would attend the game in Houston.

“It’s been a very challenging year for our family,” Brady said, while getting emotional, according to King. “You have parents that are going through what they are going through, and my mom is not the only one going through it. My dad is going through it at the same time, taking such good care of my mom. And my dad needing the support of my sisters, that I couldn’t give when I’m in Boston. So my sisters are the ones that are taking care of my mom, and my dad is there taking care of my mom. And we are so used to these football seasons where my sisters will come back for games with my nieces, and my parents will come back for almost every game, and they get to see my kids, and this year it was all FaceTime.

“I kept saying, ‘Mom, don’t you worry, we are going to be in Houston, we are going to make sure you come to that one.’”

Galynn did attend the game after getting medical clearance on the Wednesday prior. She was there for family day that Saturday at the stadium and was in attendance for the game, a game in which Brady dedicated to her. Even his teammates wanted to win the game for her.

Brady said the week and year in general put life into perspective for him.

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Tom Brady details at great length why he’s such a positive person, including after Deflategate at 10:11 am ET
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Tom Brady has always been a positive person, even to Roger Goodell. (Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady has always been a positive person, even to Roger Goodell. (Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady has always been an extremely positive person.

Roger Goodell suspended him for four games, but he still won’t say a negative thing about him. Reggie Wayne called him out this year and Brady said he was a great player. Earl Thomas called him out during the playoffs and Brady said he is a great player.

The list goes on and on.

Why exactly does Brady act like this? The quarterback gave an in-depth answer to MMQB’s Peter King in a very long and wide-ranging interview this week.

“When you play professional sports, there’s a choice that you’re going to be … you subject yourself to a lot of criticism,” Brady said. “After 17 years in the NFL, there’s a lot of criticism. I started experiencing that in college. College wasn’t an easy go for me … But I guess the point is, when you subject yourself to a lot of criticism, what I’ve learned from myself is, I don’t want to give my power away to other people by letting my own emotions be subjected to what their thoughts or opinions are. So if someone calls me something, that’s their problem. It’s not my problem. I’m not going to give away my power.

“You can call me an asshole and I am going to smile at you probably. I’m not going to say, ‘No, you’re an asshole.’ Because that person is controlling me with what their thoughts and actions are. How can you go through life, now at this point, 17 years, being affected by everybody all the time with what someone says?”

Goodell was different in the fact he didn’t say anything bad about Brady, he just suspended him for four games.

“Well, what’s the best way to fight?” Brady said. “There’s only one fight I can win and that is how well I play. That’s the only one I can control, because I tried to play for 18 months and it didn’t work. So finally I said … ‘My team is going to go out and play great, I know they are going to, and when I come back, I am just going to do what I’ve always done.’

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Tom Brady reveals when he might retire, but it won’t be anytime soon at 8:36 am ET
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Tom Brady vows to play into his mid-40s. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady vows to play into his mid-40s. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

For years many have thought Tom Brady’s play would drop off as he keeps getting older, but instead it has been the opposite as he keeps getting better.

Following his four-game suspension, the 39-year-old had one of his best seasons of his 17-year career. In a long-ranging interview with MMQB’s Peter King this week, Brady revealed when he might consider retiring.

“I’d like to play until my mid-40s,” Brady said. “Then I’ll make a decision. If I’m still feeling like I’m feeling today, who knows? Now those things can always change. You do need long-term goals too. I know next year is not going to be my last year.”

Playing this well so late into his career is a credit to the work he puts in off the field, especially working with physical/health guru Alex Guerrero.

“Other than playing football the other thing I love to do is prepare to play football,” Brady said. “I’ve worked hard to get a system in place that really works for me and I know could work for everybody else if they just did it. That enables me to play 99 plays [in Super Bowl 51, the most of his career in one game] as a 39-year-old in the last game of the season … Football to me is more than just a sport. It has become my life. Every choice that I make … what I have for breakfast, how I work out, all of those things. I love the game. I love playing.”

His lifestyle isn’t anything like it was at the beginning of his career. No longer is he out late with his friends at night, but that doesn’t bother him.

“Not really because I know what I’m getting on the other end,” he said. “I know I can enjoy other experiences with my friends that don’t have to happen at 1 a.m. I can have my friends at a Super Bowl game as a 39-year-old. That’s a pretty amazing feeling. So it doesn’t ever feel like a sacrifice to me … That’s making lifestyle choices that support dreams and goals that I have. Football is a job, but it’s never felt like a job for me.”

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Tom Brady celebrates Valentine’s Day on social media 02.14.17 at 11:32 am ET
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There are not many holidays that can go by without Tom Brady posting about them social media.

Valentine’s Day was no different as the quarterback posted a picture of his wife Gisele Bundchen and daughter Vivian with the caption: My littlest valentine and my Numero Uno…happy Valentine’s Day!

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It doesn’t sound like Tom Brady will be taking many days off this offseason at 11:07 am ET
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Tom Brady discussed how much work he puts in during the offseason in an interview Tuesday. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady discussed how much work he puts in during the offseason in an interview Tuesday. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady has certainly bought into Bill Belichick’s “No days off” mantra.

The quarterback joined Mike Florio on PFT Live Tuesday morning and gave the indication he won’t be taking much time off this offseason because as a 39-year-old he needs to work extremely hard to keep his body in shape to able to withstand an entire NFL season.

“At this point in my career the best thing to do is just to do it year-round,” Brady said. “I don’t think the ebbs and flows, get in great shape and then get out of shape and then see if you can get back into shape is a good thing. So I prefer to keep my arm always ready to go.”

Added Brady: “I really love training and being in good shape and it’s so much a part of my life now, so it never really feels like work to me. It’s a real strength for me that I’ve never minded the training process. It’s something I enjoy I really like being in the gym or, certainly, on the field.”

Brady’s training is much different than many other NFL players as he focuses on flexibility and does a lot of work with resistance bands. He hopes his success with his method will become something other players use in the future.

“Hopefully I can be a real ambassador for change in this area,” he said. “I’ve felt like outside of playing football the one thing I love to do is to prepare for it. Probably the way that I do it has been different than the way it has always been done. I think I have been getting results that no one has ever got. I think that has been something that has been really motivating for me because as a 39-year-old player this year every week I want to be out there on the field with my teammates playing at a high level. Durability is such an important aspect of our sport and it’s a game of contact. It is a collision sport. You have to do everything that you can to try and help your body to sustain those impacts.”

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Tom Brady doesn’t seem to have problem with Patriots players skipping White House ceremony at 8:44 am ET
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Tom Brady understands why players might skip the White House ceremony. (Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady understands why players might skip the White House ceremony. (Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports)

On Monday, Robert Kraft spoke on Patriots players potentially not wanting to go to the White House for a Super Bowl ceremony with President Donald Trump, and on Tuesday so did Tom Brady.

Brady joined Mike Florio on PFT Live and was asked what his message would be to players who don’t want to go.

The quarterback said each player can make their own choice and he understands it is the offseason and some players may want to do other things.

“Well, everybody has a choice,” Brady said. “There’s certain years like I remember a couple years ago — I wanted to go and then didn’t get the opportunity based on the schedule. We didn’t get told until I think like 10 days before we were going. At that point I had something that I had planned for months and couldn’t get there. I was able to go, we were part of the ’97 National Championship team in college and went. I really is a great experience.

“Putting politics aside, it never really was a political thing. At least it never was for me. It’s just always something that was a privilege to be able to do because it really meant you won a championship and you got to experience something cool with your team and with your teammates. Everyone has their own choice and everyone, it’s their offseason. These days are valuable for everybody. You only get so much time with your family and friends. If people don’t want to go, they don’t want to go and that is their choice.”

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Will Tom Brady’s Super Bowl LI jersey be found? Robert Kraft seems to think so 02.13.17 at 12:52 pm ET
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Robert Kraft is hopeful Tom Brady's jersey will be found. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Robert Kraft is hopeful Tom Brady’s jersey will be found. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

One of the bigger storylines from Super Bowl LI was something that didn’t even happen in the game.

Tom Brady’s jersey was taken from the Patriots locker room after the game and hasn’t been found since.

On Monday morning, Patriots owner Robert Kraft showed his frustration on Fox Business Network’s Mornings with Maria, but believes it should turn up sooner rather than later.

“It’s very sad to me that someone would do something like this, and it’s like taking a great Chagall or Picasso or something. You can never display it. And somehow, I feel there’ll be some news that’ll clear this up in the not too distant future,” Kraft said via The Boston Herald. “I hope it’ll be cleared up soon. I think that a lot of people spend a lot of time looking into the matter and what happened, and I’d rather not say anything that would cause any problems in the work that’s been done. One way or another that jersey will be back.”

Kraft also said despite trailing by 25 points, he never gave up hope the Patriots would comeback and beat the Falcons.

“When the score was 28-3, I think there were roughly three minutes to go [in the third quarter]. Our chance of winning was 0.04 percent, so 99.6 percent [to lose], but given the organization we have, I never give up,” Kraft said. “I always believe, and especially having the privilege of having a coach like Bill Belichick and Tom Brady at the helm, both of their games move up as the pressure mounts and just a lot of things happened the right way – the catch by Julian Edelman was… sort of made up for the two catches over the last few years where we lost at the last moment with miracle catches.”

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